Considerations for Just Released NSF SBIR & STTR Solicitations
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The National Science Foundation recently released both a FY-2014 SBIR and a STTR solicitation. These are two separate solicitations. They share a number of common characteristics, but there are also some distinct differences. We’ve highlighted some key considerations below. Note that this is not a comprehensive list and it is critical that you read the solicitation(s) carefully and then contact the relevant program director early in the process, as noted in item #7.
1. Submission deadline, project duration, and maximum budgets
differ between the two solicitations.
2. Both the SBIR and STTR solicitations will consider proposals in four broad topic areas of:
Biological and Chemical Technologies
Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies
Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing
3. Restrictions applicable to both programs include:
Maximum of 2 proposals per organization (e.g., 2 SBIRs, 2 STTRs, or 1 of each)
Maximum of 1 proposal per Principal Investigator (either SBIR or STTR)
4. Of specific note pertaining to the STTR Phase I solicitation – it encourages the commercialization of research with an “NSF funding lineage”.
“This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF.”
5. Registration at both sbir.gov and SAM is required.
6. Eligibility requirements for the applicant Small Business Concern (SBC) conform to the new reauthorization rules.
7. Communication with the appropriate Program Director is strongly encouraged. You will find the relevant contact information in the topic descriptions (see item #2 above). You will also find specific instructions as to how to contact them and what information to provide.
Now is the time to start if you are considering an application to NSF. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at BBC if you have questions or for additional guidance.
Michael Kurek,PhD, is Managing Partner of BBCetc